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Easy to Wed (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 July 1946 (USA)
To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.

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Edward Buzzell, Buster Keaton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), George Oppenheimer (original story "Libeled Lady") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... William Stevens 'Bill' Chandler
Esther Williams ... Connie Allenbury Chandler
Lucille Ball ... Gladys Benton
Keenan Wynn ... Warren Haggerty
Cecil Kellaway ... J.B. Allenbury
Carlos Ramírez ... Carlos Ramírez
Ben Blue ... Spike Dolan
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Organ Player
June Lockhart ... Barbara 'Babs' Norvell
Grant Mitchell ... Homer Henshaw
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Burns Norvell
Paul Harvey ... Curtis Farwood
Jonathan Hale ... Hector Boswell
James Flavin ... Joe
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Mary, Farwood's Secretary
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Storyline

The "Morning Star" is in trouble: J.B. Allenbury, rich and mighty, will sue them for 2 million dollars for an article which says that his daughter is chasing after married men. Reporter Bill Chandler is sent after Connie to prove that the story is actually true. The only problem is that he's not married....yet. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's a VAN! What a Man! Singing! Dancing! Romancing! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casar é Fácil See more »

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Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1948 with Van Johnson and Esther Williams reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Warren Haggerty: Do you want me to kill myself, Gladys?
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Sung by Carlos Ramírez
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'Libled Lady' remade
11 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Libeled Lady' is a marvellous and thoroughly enjoyable comedy, a near-classic with three of the four stars on top form (especially Jean Harlow and William Powell, Spencer Tracy's comedic chops became more refined and more at ease in his later films in my opinion).

'Easy to Wed' is a musical remake but is nowhere near as good and one may question its point. It is by no means a bad film though and makes for more than serviceable entertainment. Starting with its faults, Esther Williams has little to do and her role does not play to her strengths while Van Johnson is wooden in a role just as underwritten and looks uninterested.

The musical numbers don't feel necessary (despite Ethel Smith contributing very nicely on the organ), are not that compellingly staged and are also not particularly memorable, while the story is even more contrived than that of 'Libeled Lady' and lacks its zippy energy (the musical numbers do it no favours), some of it badly drags. The ending feels too pat and incomplete.

However, the classy cinematography, beautiful use of colour and elegant wardrobe more than compensates as does a script that is almost as witty and sophisticated as that of 'Libeled Lady'. The duck hunting scene is not as hilarious as the fishing scene in 'Libeled Lady' but still an amusing scene. Edward Buzell does his best to inject some energy and style and does very competently.

Keenan Wynn has very deft comic timing and doesn't come over as heavy-footed. It's Lucille Ball's exuberant and very funny performance that steals the show though, especially when she indulges into a flight of Shakespeare.

On the whole, vastly inferior but serviceable and watchable. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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